K30,0000 boost for mask festival

Islands, Normal

The National, Tuesday 4th June 2013

 DIGICEL PNG has given K30,000 to sponsor the National Mask Festival and 2013 Warwagira.

It handed over the cheque last Saturday night at a fundraising dinner at the Kokopo Beach Bungalows, attended by 320 guests from 50 local business houses who are also sponsoring the event.

The 19th National Mask Festival starts at dawn on July 17 with the Kinavai at Kokopo beach.

The Warwagira event follows on from the Mask Festivalon Friday 19 July and showcases the diverse musical talents of East New Britain.

On show will be the traditional string bands to the more contemporary rock bands, choir and gospel groups.

Visitors will experience the rich and diverse culture of Papua New Guinea, represented by the distinctive dances from a variety of provinces including the Tolai Tumbuans and Baining’s Firedance. 

The dances reflect the sacred tradition and beliefs of the East New Britain people. 

The annual Festival is the premier tourism and cultural event for East New Britain.